Tag: Sexual Abuse

  A Freer Future with Physics

Episode 49 – A Freer Future with Physics  Chris and Rowan discuss a number of concepts from quantum physics and how they relate to psychology and our mental health. What quantum physics teaches us is that the world is not black and white and there are some spooky notions that present themselves in the… Read more »

  Addressing Guilt and Shame with Self-Compassion

Many therapy clients experience difficulty managing guilt and/or shame. These painful emotions both involve a self-conscious or self-critical focus. They can worsen other forms of distress, including anxiety and depression. Guilt and shame tend to strongly draw our attention as they point to some threat. Evolution has taught us to pay more attention to painful,… Read more »

  Strengthening Self-Compassion

Episode 46 – Strengthening Self-Compassion  Chris and Rowan talk about an important topic, self-compassion. We discuss some reasons why people may not be particularly self-compassionate and then talk about some strategies for boosting your own self-compassion, especially when dealing with guilt and shame. This Week’s Links  Addressing Guilt and Shame with Self-Compassion – clinical… Read more »

  Dealing with the Disruption of Depersonalisation

Episode 43 – Dealing with the Disruption of Depersonalisation  Chris and Rowan discuss some strategies for dealing with depersonalisation, derealisation, and other dissociative disorders. We discuss a number of cases of people developing dissociation and share some of their tips for managing their experiences. This Week’s Links Depersonalisation in Panic Attacks (clinical handout) Dealing… Read more »

  The Snakiness of Psychopaths

Episode 29 – The Snakiness of Psychopaths  Chris and Rowan discuss what it means to be a psychopath and how they most often show up in our everyday life. It’s estimated that as much as 1% of the population are psychopaths, so it seems that they are a lot more common than the most… Read more »

  Demystifying Dissociation

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Episode 9 – Demystifying Dissociation  On this week’s episode, Chris and Rowan look at what dissociative disorders are, how they develop, as well as their link to hypnosis. We also look at ways of treating dissociative symptoms and how dissociative identity disorder developed out of what used to be known as multiple personality disorder…. Read more »

  Know Thyself

The conviction of Cardinal Pell for serious sexual crimes against children is starkly confronting. This article explores the idea of a shadow side and how one can mislead those around them as to the nature of their true character. If we can deceive ourselves by playing down or disowning our less attractive characteristics, we can… Read more »

  National Apologies can Assist Healing

I believe the national apologies delivered by Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten in federal parliament last week were an important step in our community response to psychological trauma associated with sexual abuse. A most harmful aspect of such abuse is the severe invalidation of the abused individual. A sexually abused child is treated merely as… Read more »

  Sorry is a Start

Following the national apologies delivered by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament, this article discusses the positive impact that these apologies may have in the context of the invalidation that someone feels if they experience sexual abuse.